KUALA LUMPUR: Leave for all policemen has been frozen with immediate effect even as the force conducts its final, nationwide drill for the general election today.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made the announcement yesterday, saying it included leave for domestic and overseas travel.
“I have instructed that leave for police personnel and officers be frozen until after the elections.
“The move is in line with the force’s preparations at the federal, state and district levels,” he told reporters after a working visit to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, had been visiting several state police headquarters to oversee preparations for the election.
“I want police personnel to perform their duties at a high level to assure candidates that democracy will be upheld.
“Preparations by the police consist of before, during and after the election,” he said, declaring that the force was 99.9% ready.
“Various exercises, including table talk exercise and drills, have been conducted.
“This will culminate tomorrow (Saturday) with the election drill nationwide,” he said, adding that ultimately, the goal was to have a smooth election.
“We want to ensure that all voters feel safe when performing their responsibility.
“We are working towards a smooth collaboration with the Election Commission in terms of the voting process and traffic management,” he said.
However, he was coy when asked on the actual date for the elections.
“I have no idea. I don’t know when it will be held,” he said.
Last week, Bukit Aman’s Management Department director Comm Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar Rajab had announced that leave for overseas travel for all personnel had been frozen, applicable through March, April and May.
But working trips overseas, especially for Bukit Aman directors, were still permitted, he said.